The Prevention Project™ curriculum is Freekind’s award-winning, signature prevention education program. Freekind is a nonprofit organization that addresses both ends of the spectrum: working with those who have experienced exploitation, supporting them in their journey to freedom, and also equipping the next generation to prevent trafficking in their lives and the lives of others.
The Prevention Project program exists to prevent human trafficking.
In order to eradicate human trafficking – the sale and exploitation of human beings for profit – we believe we must educate young people about the lures of trafficking and invest in character and leadership development. The Prevention Project curriculum exists not only to prevent trafficking from occurring, but also to create and equip student leaders to be a part of the solution, bringing lasting change for our communities and beyond.
The Prevention Project curriculum was developed and produced by:
1) Human trafficking survivors
3) Advocates from leading anti-trafficking organizations
4) Law Enforcement
Each year we ask for feedback from students and teachers who have been through the program and make updates based on current trends of human trafficking, as reported by field experts. The goal is to maintain relevancy of the program and make sure it resonates with all students.
- The Prevention Project program is an academic curriculum with editions for middle school students, high school students, and youth service providers. The student editions can be administered in classrooms, after-school programs, or youth groups. The youth service provider edition can be administered either in-person or virtually.
- The high school edition is 6 lessons. The middle school curriculum is available in a 2–lesson version or a 6-lesson grade-by-grade version. The youth service provider edition is one session with different interactive opportunities.
- Each high school lesson is designed to be 45-50 minutes long, each middle school lesson is designed to be 40 minutes long, and the youth service provider edition is one session that runs between 1.5 and 3 hours long.
- Every middle school and high school lesson plan includes learning objectives, a list of materials needed, discussion questions, teacher notes for the entire lesson, and additional resources.
- The Prevention Project curriculum aligns with SOL requirements and adheres to the 5 C’s of a Profile of a Graduate for middle and high school grades. It is most frequently taught through Social Studies, Health, and English/Language Arts courses of study.
- The middle school and high school curricula lesson plans are straightforward and easy to use. Contracted partners can access the complete lesson plans and activities on a password-protected portal.
Let’s Get Started!
Steps to obtaining the youth-facing editions of the Prevention Project program:
- Identify the school, program, or county in which you want to see the Prevention Project curriculum taught, and get approval from the decision maker (i.e. Principal, Head Counselor, Prevention Education Specialist, Curriculum Lead Teacher).
- The Freekind staff will prepare the year-long curriculum license, which includes a contract agreement and an invoice for a small registration fee.
- Once the contract is signed and payment is received, Freekind staff will send new teachers a welcome packet including a link to the convenient suite of “Train the Trainer” videos.
- Instructors complete the “Train the Trainer” on their own time, where they are introduced to the online curriculum and fully equipped to teach.
- Instructors integrate the Prevention Project curriculum into the classroom or program and will distribute provided resource materials to key school staff (administrators, counselors, child psychologists, school resource offers, etc.). Freekind staff will be there to assist every step of the way!
Steps to obtaining the Youth Service Provider edition of the Prevention Project program:
- Identify the school, program, or organization in which you want to equip your youth service providers with the Prevention Project program.
- The Freekind staff will prepare the session license, which includes a contract agreement and an invoice for the training.
- Freekind staff will then schedule the training which can take anywhere between 2-3 hours long depending on your needs. The training can be delivered in-person or remotely based on need and availability.
- Freekind staff will conduct the training and will collect participant feedback through a survey at the conclusion of the session!
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